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    Museum of Science, Boston
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    The goal of this Star Wars activity is to design and build a balancing device to help an Ewok escape the Imperial Forces by sliding down a tightrope to safety. Working in small teams, leaners work...

    $10 - $20 Ages 8 - 18 30 to 45 minutes
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    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
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    In this engineering design activity, learners will design, test, and build a “haunting machine” to solve a Sherlockian mystery. Learners will experience the engineering design process, including...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 11 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    IEEE
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    In this activity, learners explore the design of tall structures such as skyscrapers and telecommunication towers. Learners work in teams to engineer the tallest tower they can build using just...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 8 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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    WGBH
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    In this design challenge activity, learners use two helium-filled balloons to build a blimp that can travel in a straight path across the room. The activity guide contains information for Educators...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 8 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    Twin Cities Public Television
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    In this mechanical engineering activity, learners design shadow puppets with moving parts and use them to tell stories. Learners explore simple and complex linkages while constructing various...

    $10 - $20 per group Ages 8 - 14 2 to 4 hours
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    COSI
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    In this activity, learners design a bicycle helmet. Participants will explore the design of bicycle helmets to gain an appreciation for the role that helmet layers play protecting the head. They...

    Over $20 per group Ages 11 - 18 45 to 60 minutes
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    U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
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    In this activity, learners design, build and test wind turbines. Learners go through the design process and use the scientific method to test important blade variables. Learners then use this data...

    Over $20 per group Ages 8 - 18 2 to 4 hours
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    Twin Cities Public Television
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    In this activity, learners identify different plastics in a mystery bag. Learners discover that plastics are classified #1 through #7. Learners then categorize plastics based on characteristics...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 8 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    Museum of Science Boston
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    Using a vertical wind tube and using simple materials, individuals and groups attempt to design a "satellite" that floats for at least 5 seconds. There are many variables the learners can...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 4 - adult 30 to 45 minutes
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    Lawrence Hall of Science
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    Scientists use enormous wind tunnels to test the design of planes, helicopters, even the Space Shuttle. In this simulation activity, learners create a miniature wind tunnel test by blowing air with...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 6 - 14 10 to 30 minutes

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